Focus is a part of our day to day lives. We must combat our thinking quite often, and if we do not, we find ourselves walking down a road in our mind that can put us in a place of destruction. Destruction the enemy wants for us. Things like sadness, anger, anxiety, and depression are all things that can stem from not taking that very first negative thought and bringing it captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5) We must be intentional about our focus and getting it back to God and to good. (Phil. 4:8)
Sunday morning I found myself realizing the words coming out of my mouth during the song service at church. How often have we sung those words, and yet, this week was the first time they really became real to me.
Now, I have reason, well really, an excuse for having not really paid attention. I am usually focused on playing the notes and that particular song, I easily get off beat if I don’t remain focused during the verses. This week, however, I was playing acoustic guitar instead of piano, and I didn’t play during that part, so I took into my mind and heart what those words were. And, oh man, the impact it had on my heart, and therefore, in my worship.
I was busting at the seams. It felt like I couldn’t possibly express all the love and gratitude I felt in my heart at that moment.
There was this moment the words came alive to me, and it’s funny because I already know exactly what it said. Like, I know the truth in those words. I don’t say it the same way, but I know the truth in it. And at that moment, my head and my heart, my soul, blew up with praise. God is so amazing in our lives.
The first part of the song basically says this. Far worse things have happened than this thing you’re facing right now. Multiple times. And God took care of each one of them with a word. He is able and He will calm the seas for you. Just for you, because He absolutely unreservedly loves you. You just keep your focus on Him each moment of each and every day. Him. Because He alone is worthy of your praise. He alone is worth being at the forefront of your mind constantly and consistently.
And then it goes on to tell you that you shouldn’t dare to not believe Him. How dare you not believe what He says in His word. It doesn’t matter what you see with your natural eyes, the truth found in Him is what matters. And, hang in there, just keep on believing Him above anything else, and you’ll see that mountain in front of you being destroyed. So, just focus on Him. Don’t let your thoughts, your words, your heart be drawn into a place where you care more about the mountain more than you do about the One who created it. He’s got you. Be strong in your faith and in Him.
Now, that’s not to say you have no part in moving that mountain. I have read the Bible many times and it is very clear that with every promise of God, you have a responsibility. I’m not going to go into that here, but look at Matthew 17:20. If you had no part, Jesus wouldn’t be telling you to believe and not doubt and the mountain will move.
So, here’s the thing, you must believe God. And in believing Him, intentionally get your mind on Him. There is no reason to fear or even to doubt, though we all do sometimes. And when it happens to you, get your focus back, everything is going to be okay!
Isaiah 43:1-2 says this, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”